Morrison Bridge Rallies For March Madness

PORTLAND, Ore. - With the University of Oregon men's basketball team having won its first two games in the NCAA college tournament, Pacific Power and Multnomah County have rallied their collective state pride and put it on display on the newly lit Morrison Bridge.

The recently installed energy efficient lights on the sides of the bridge are going yellow and green while the Ducks play their way through the tournament.

Pacific Power donated funds to purchase and install the lighting system made up of 32 light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, and Multnomah County is responsible for operating and maintaining Portland's bridges. The new lighting system was officially dedicated on Feb. 14. The new lights illuminate structural details of the Morrison Bridge and are separate from traffic lighting for motor vehicles, pedestrians and river traffic.

"We're proud of our Oregon Ducks getting to the Sweet 16," said Pat Reiten, president of Pacific Power. "What a great way to show the team that Portland is behind you all the way. And for Pacific Power, we have customers from Astoria to Klamath Falls, Pendleton to Coos Bay and Portland to Medford. I know I speak on behalf of our customers when I say we hope these lights are a sign of good luck when the Ducks take on UNLV later this week."

"The new lights were a perfect way to say 'Go Ducks,'" said Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey, whose district includes the bridge. "We'll keep them lit in yellow and green as long as the Ducks keep winning."

Pacific Power worked with the Willamette Light Brigade, a local non-profit organization dedicated to lighting the architectural features of Portland's Willamette River bridges, on the installation and operation of the new lights on the Morrison Bridge. The county owns and maintains the Morrison Bridge and five other Willamette River bridges.

"It's a happy coincidence that the new lights are up just in time to allow Portland fans to show their support for the this great Ducks team," said Paddy Tillet, chair of Willamette Light Brigade.

For more information on the new Morrison Bridge lights, visit the Willamette Light Brigade website at More information on Pacific Power's renewable energy programs can be found at or by calling 800-769-3717.

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